C-97 "Angel of Deliverance" Phase 2

C-97 Phase Two Program making progress

Our one of a kind only flyable Boeing C-97G in the world has been parked in Reading, Pennsylvania since November 7, 2017, awaiting the completion of various Phase Two projects. This massive project to get it flying took 17 years to make it happen, so waiting is nothing new when dealing with real world issues, including receiving needed funding.

What is Phase Two for the C-97 project ?

Well its very simple to explain. Phase one was get out of New York. This was accomplished on November 7th, 2017.

Phase Two is the fine tuning of operating the C-97 to meet the goals of the Foundation. This includes correcting maintenance discrepancies, improving communications between crewmembers by upgrading the Intercom system to a 6 station system, designing and installing a better way for visitors to board and deplane, and fly a few local training flights to gain operational flight experience for selected Foundation flight crewmembers and to gain confidence in the C-97.

We are happy to report great progress has been made with the 6 station intercom system as well as the design of two portable boarding stairs that will be carried on the board for C-97 missions. Once the Intercom is completely installed and several maintenance discrepancies corrected, we will be able to begin flight training.

In the meantime, we must meet the demands of the Inspection Program for the C-97 and the C-54. All of this requires time and money.

To learn more about the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation and the C-97G "Angel of Deliverance", visit our web site at www.spiritoffreedom.org      This is a special transport that requires the support from special people to help keep it flying.

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Kevin Kearney 
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Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation 
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